In the X window system, a window manager controls the way your desktop works, including how the windows look and act.

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Graphical interface on a remote server?

I've got a VPS with Debian running on it. I connect to it using SSH and configure it in a console mode. Now I want to install some graphical interface to it and use my VPS in graphical mode from my ...
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Task Switcher inside VNC

I run a VNC client (tightvnc) along with other applications on a Windows machine. Inside my VNC session, I typically have several xterms and gvim windows open. How can I switch between the ...
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Change font color and shadow from titlebar in window manager

I'm trying Linux Mint Debian Edition XFCE, and want to use a specific theme; only drawback - the font color and font shadow are unreadable, how can I change them? Also the active/inactive color window ...
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Is it possible to force chromium show the “window control icons” on the left

I'm not running Gnome or Ubuntu, But I also want those (minimize, maximze, close) icons to be visible on the left as well, without touching the source code, is there any way to make it work ? ...
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Fluxbox battery monitor?

I'm using fluxbox on Arch, and I'm trying to put a battery monitor in the toolbar, next to the time. gkrellm takes up too much space, and can't be configured in the toolbar, as far as I know.
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Fluxbox time is wrong?

I'm using fluxbox on Arch, and the time is displayed incorrectly in the panel. The time works in XFCE, so I'm not sure why it isn't working in fluxbox. Is there a way to set the time in fluxbox from ...
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x11vnc window manager

I am using x11vnc and started it so it created the X server by itself like this: x11vnc -localhost -rfbauth -create /root/.vnc/passwd But the VNC session created, does not have a window manager, ...
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Assigning awesome keybinding for more than 9 tags

I'm using the awesome WM and the nine default tags (or "virtual desktops") are not anywhere near enough for me: I've got a lot of VMs and remote VNCs etc. In the past I've used window managers with ...
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How can I switch window managers in Gnome 3?

I normally enjoy using Gnome 3 and gnome-shell in Fedora 16. However, I would like to temporarily run a non-compositing window manager such as metacity so that some wine games can have full control of ...
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specify geometry of a new gnuplot window in lxde

I have a script that runs a calculation and then plots the result using gnuplot script file. The problem is that I need to make more than one plot and I don't want windows to cover each other. I ...
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Xfce 4: Change global keyboard shortcuts

I use Alt+Space in Emacs, but in Xfce it pops up window manager menu at the upper left corner of a window. How do i disable Alt+Space for Xfce and change global keyboard shortcuts in general?
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Change status bar applications' default icon

in fvwm, you can change the default icon of any window using Style <regex> Icon <icon_name.xpm>. In other words, I want to over ride the default icon set for an application without having ...
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Group and lock certain windows to a workspace in Gnome 3

Is it possible to group certain windows to always occupy the same area and always be in the same workspace? If so, how? For example I'm using Eclipse and I have multiple detached windows and for ...
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Retrieve the window name and role

I'm running Eclipse and I detached some of the windows. Now I have 4 windows linked to Eclipse. What I need is to be able to identify each individual window and be able to control it. If I run tools ...
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GTK::Socket and Gtk::Plug unexpected behaviour under Gnome and FVWM2

The following code works fine if run within FVWM2. But if you change desktop to Gnome, then the embedded window is destroyed instead of being embedded. Why is that? What am I missing?... The code ...
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How to configure a shortcut to open a window accessed by right click on the systray icon?

The application I am referring to is Turpial and it is a Twitter client. The problem is to open the window I need to send twits, I have to right click on a systray icon and select an option. In the ...
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Resize window to half screen width in KDE 3.5

I am using a legacy version of Red Hat that uses KDE 3.5.4. I do not have the ability to install additional software. I have become rather addicted to the modern windowing feature of snapping to ...
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KDE windows maximize automatically?

There is a similar question on Askubuntu. One solution was Maximus, however it doesn't work on KDE, only on Gnome family DEs (Gnome Shell, Unity, Cinnamon). KDE settings are rich, but i didn't find ...
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Can you set a program to open “always on top” by default in XFCE4 (xfwm4)?

For some reason I can't seem to find the answer to this. Setting "always on top" in the program's titlebar doesn't seem to persist after the program shuts down or the computer reboots. Please note ...
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switch window manager when logging in in text mode

Suppose I don't start the display manager on boot and login through the terminal. How would I switch my window manager? With gdm or gdm3, you use a scroll box to select it.
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debian wireless networking through terminal

I'm starting to use the wmii windows manager and I want certain pieces of information to display on a status bar. If I were to want to display the ESSID for the network, I would have to find it ...
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How to active tabs on windows by terminal? wmctrl doesn't have option available

I'd like improve a script of mine that uses firefox to perform tasks. I need activate a window and a tab with a specific name. For example, the window name could be Mozilla Firefox and the tab ...
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How do I change Xfce 4 “theme” tab colors?

I recently switched over to Xfce and really enjoy it. However, when I went in to my settings to change the appearance, the theme that I liked best was "Xfce-dusk" with one exception: The default ...
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Some applications cover my top bar in dwm

Recently, Google Chrome has been taking 100% screen space and has been covering my top bar. Its never done this before. I tried reinstalling and nothing changed. I can post a screencap if anyone ...
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Windows 8 style window manager for Linux

Are there any windows managers out there for Linux that offers the "metro" style window management that Windows 8 offers? Actually it's not just Windows 8 that offers the style I'm looking for. iOS, ...
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What is the difference between a Console, Shell, Terminal, Terminal emulator, Terminal multiplexer, and a Window manager?

For example. What is the difference between a default 'interface/console' of FreeBSD/archlinux, vs Terminal, vs Terminal emulator like Xterm, vs Terminal multiplexer like tmux, vs Window manager like ...
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How to force Gnome's WM (metacity) to open a program window on a specific monitor?

I need to configure a dual-head machine using Debian 6 (and, hence, Gnome 2.30.2 and xrandr 1.3.3) so that it opens applications reliably on a certain screen. While it is trivial to move normal ...
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gVim opening a tab pushes status line out of window

When opening a new tab in gVim (with :tabe), the status line at the bottom of the screen disappears. If I press : and start typing a command I can no longer see the command on the status line. When ...
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Is there a way to completely get rid of notifications in KDE 4.6?

I don't like, don't care about, don't want notifications from my window manager. Ever. Example: Since I manually removed the virtuoso-t package, my computer doesn't spend ages trying to index its own ...
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Unity: Stop Dock Repopulation at Restart

Unity is currently the default window manager on my system, a window manager that's available for many Linux distributions, meaning this question isn't Ubuntu-specific. I have disabled the dock's ...
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Fullscreen game messes with my xrandr dual-monitor setup

I have Gentoo Linux, the Awesome window manager and an open-source ATI driver. Here's my xorg.conf: Section "Files" #ModulePath "/usr/lib64/xorg/modules" FontPath ...
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Running Plasmoid under NOTKDE (e.g. Fluxbox) - Plasma/DeviceNotifier

Is there way to run Plasma/DeviceNotifier under another WM to KWin/KDE (e.g. Fluxbox). To be more specific, I have currently configured KDE, but I work remotely thorough SSH -Y + X-forwarding. So ...
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How can I use GNOME's keyboard settings in Fluxbox?

My GNOME keyboard settings do two main things: Switch CMD and CTRL (I'm on a Macbook) Give me a third level (for special characters) This is really the only functionality I'm missing in Fluxbox. ...
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How to disable Application Menu in XFCE?

I have just installed i3 as a Window Manager, and I feel the keyboard shortcuts and the integrated status bar are sufficient to manage my open applications, view the time, etc. In other words, I'd ...
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Is it possible to control window management in Gnome Shell using D-Bus?

I would like to programmatically be able to communicate with the Window Manager in Gnome 3, using D-Bus. The tasks I would like to accomplish are: listening for new windows get window flags (e.g. ...
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ratpoison keyboard shortcut conflicts

I recently installed ratpoison as my first real foray into tiling window managers. The first problem I ran into is that the Ctrl-t keybinding used for ratpoison commands conflicts with those of other ...
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I want my Ubuntu 9.04/9.10 back, is there any current similar distro?

I was switching to Linux in the optimal time, around Ubuntu 9.04/9.10. I am a programmer, so I don't want to be a "Linux guru", that's why Ubuntu was perfect for me - until Unity/Gnome3. In latest ...
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Easily switching over to a dynamic window manager from KDE

I've been using KDE on Opensuse for some time now and I feel like improving performance and using the most of my dual screens. I discovered tiling window managers and thought it would be a cool thing ...
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Alternatives to FVWM window manager?

I've been using FVWM for over a decade, and for some time I've been concerned that the window manager is dying a slow death. I realize that 2.6.0 just came out a few days ago, and ironically that is ...
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Get current Virtual Desktop - number/name/tag/id?

How to get number and/or name (or tag/id... etc) of currently used virtual desktop ? Command line, scripting, C/C++ solutions allowed (, while portable to C/C++ are preferred). ;) I'm mostly ...
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Difference between a Window Manager and a Desktop Environment?

What exactly is the difference between between a Window Manager and a Desktop Environment? E.g.: sawfish vs. gnome.
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Do I need a desktop to run a GUI?

I am setting up a lightweight VM, following the guide in the Ubuntu Documentation What I want to be able to do is ssh into the VM and then launch a GUI application. I don't need / want a desktop. ...
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Invert colors of the active window

Sometimes I work in low light and I need to invert the color of specific windows to reduce my eye strain. This could be my pdf viewer to web pages for reference work. I know how to invert the entire ...
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Scripting window behavior in KDE to depend on monitor being used

I plug my laptop into a number of different monitors, all of which have aspect ratios not supported by my laptop. I want the built-in and plug-in monitors to be at their maximum respective resolutions ...
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In Openbox, is it possible to execute a command in a matching window, or open a new one if no match exists?

Essentially, I'm looking for a way to keep one terminal open running tmux, and open new windows inside of the session rather than spawning new terminals. On pushing a key sequence, I'd like to open a ...
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Can a WM raise or lower windows?

Judging from window management on Linux (at least on Ubuntu using Gnome with Compiz), windows are organised in a stack. Switching to a window other than the one in focus will bring the former on top ...
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Does window minimizing free memory usage?

Both the undisplayed maximized window and minimized window are invisible to the end user. By undisplayed I mean an inactive maximized window covered by the active window. There is a difference ...
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Scroll between tags in Awesome WM

How can I add smooth scrolling between tags in the Awesome WM? I realize I can't run compiz with Awesome. Is there something comparable that I can run? I don't need any other effects, switching ...
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Window Manager for TV

I have Ubuntu installed on my computer, which is hooked up to my TV. I have tweaked some of Gnome's settings to make it easier to use from my couch (display larger fonts, increase the size of the ...
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Emacs and windows manager keyboard shortcuts without “Super” key

I found a classic M-series keyboard and I want to use it. However, it does not have the "Windows" key (a.k.a "Super"), only the Shift, Control and Alt modifiers. My keyboard shortcuts are cluttered ...